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About Us And What We Do

The Southern Cross Association (FTC) Inc. (SCA), formed in March 1998, is run entirely by volunteers who raise funds for children’s charities.   

SCA’s major fund raising event is the Southern Cross Annual 5 Day Poker Run through country Queensland, in aid of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Qld.

Unlike some charity organisations, SCA only recoups administration costs from monies raised, and the remainder goes directly to Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Qld. As all those involved with SCA do so in their own time, no wages are paid and the Association receives no Government funding.

Currently, SCA has members Australia wide, with some International members also. Some members do not own or even ride a motorbike. However, all are valuable members.

Membership is only $20 for new memberships and then $10.00 per year with fees due on 1st February each year. All new members receive a Badge, Membership card and newsletter.

Southern Cross Annual 5 Day Poker Run

The main fundraising event for the year is the Southern Cross Annual 5 Day Poker Run, which is held in the first week, beginning on the first Monday of September every year. The Poker Run covers nearly 3,000km during the week, and is believed to be the longest in Australia.

Each year the Poker Run travels throughout regional Queensland, camping at showgrounds and sporting grounds each night. All evening and morning meals, along with camping facilities, are organised for the 5 days. All of this is included in your registration. (see Poker Run form for different classes and costs)

The run coincides with Spina Bifida Awareness Week, with all the money raised going towards equipment such as much needed mobility devices and support of the children and their families.

The first poker run was held in 1998 with approx 45 people, raising $500.

Other Activities

SCA members also attend any functions that the Spina Bifida Association runs such as camps, weekends away for teenagers, Christmas parties and fun days. The rides given to the children and their families during these events give obvious enjoyment for both the families and SCA members.

Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus

The Southern Cross Association has been helping children and adults with Spina Bifida and hydrocephalus since 1998. Since then, we have raised over $600 000 to help give children with Spina Bifida the therapy and other support they need.

Spina Bifida is caused by a problem with a baby’s development in the first few weeks of pregnancy. It mainly affects the spine and brain but most body organs are affected. Medical and surgical treatment just after birth helps most children to survive but Spina Bifida cannot be cured.

Many people with Spina Bifida can have a normal life span, but they need a lot of medical treatment throughout their lives, especially when they are young. People with Spina Bifida also need therapy and other help – help which is given by SBH Queensland.

Spina Bifida affects each person a little differently. But it doesn’t matter if they use a wheelchair or walk with aids; have an intellectual disability or not; or is a child or an adult; they always enjoy the freedom and experience of riding on a Southern Cross bike or trike.